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Looking Ahead at 2022 Wedding Trends

It’s here, it’s here! The New Year is here and, with it, we’re welcoming a whole slate of 2022 wedding trends fresh for the picking. For our fellow industry pros, you’re well aware that we’re in for a busy year. And for the engaged couples out there, you’re probably in the thick of wedding planning for your 2022 or 2023 wedding.

It’s true — as an industry, we’re still catching up from the countless postponements from the pandemic. Social distancing and restrictions on traveling and mass gatherings had put a damper on many wedding plans. However, with new knowledge about how to mitigate risk and manage COVID-19, weddings are back in full swing again!

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Let’s dive into the 2022 wedding trends to know this year…

If you are getting married, involved in planning your friend’s wedding, or simply curious about what’s on the horizon for weddings in 2022, we’ve got you covered. We’re giving you a lowdown on the hottest 2022 wedding trends that will dominate the scene this year and beyond.

Luxury meets comfort

This year, expect many engaged couples to keep the celebration to pared-down perfection! While classic black-tie weddings are definitely here to stay, events will be slightly less formal. Weddings in 2022 will exude a casual, elegant vibe and have a more inviting atmosphere. Think cocktail-style parties with posh food trucks in the vicinity, and the like.  

Multiple-day celebrations

As we return to in-person gatherings, it comes as no surprise that engaged couples are putting extra effort into ensuring they create wonderful memories with loved ones at their wedding. As a result, many are planning multi-day experiences to make the most of their celebrations. This gives them more time to mingle and catch up with all of their favorite people outside of the event proper. It also allows them to space out meetings with guests and avoid mass gatherings with too many people.

Domestic destination weddings

Travel continues to be tricky as many countries have adopted stringent requirements for entry and tourism. Thus, you can expect more and more couples to explore beautiful, otherworldly destinations within the country for their celebrations. Not only is it more cost-effective, but it’s also more accessible for guests who are apprehensive of air travel. And this way, everyone can still enjoy some well-deserved respite from daily life without the hassle of international travel.  

Weekday nuptials

Weekday weddings have been on the rise in recent years, and they will continue to be prevalent in the coming year due to increased demand. As restrictions loosen up, more and more vendors and venues have found themselves fully booked for weekends through 2022, and even into 2023. Weekday weddings are a great way to avoid traffic or crowds that often swell during the weekends. Not to mention, many couples are impatient to finally tie the knot and a weekday celebration can make it happen!

Countryside vibe

In need of a wedding theme idea? Many couples are finding inspiration from the hit Netflix series, Bridgerton. Expect trailing wisteria, Georgian wedding venues, personalized wax seals, and regency blue color palettes to abound in the wedding scene this coming year. And it comes as no surprise as, after over a year of lockdowns, couples are craving refreshing, outdoorsy weddings.

Technology-infused weddings

Livestreaming, online RSVPs, and QR codes that direct guests to the wedding website: These are just a few of the ways technology is incorporated into this year’s weddings. While quarantine restrictions are loosening in most states, travel may still not be possible or safe for everyone you want at your wedding, whether for health or other reasons. In 2022, couples are embracing technology to bridge the gaps!

These six trends are transforming the industry and the way we plan weddings, so keep an open mind as you embark on the next chapter of your journey to the aisle. Whether you’re nearly there or you’re just starting out, consider how these trends can influence your big day for the better!

Curious to know more about design and experiential trends to make your wedding day unforgettable? We’ve got you covered. Reach out and let us show you how our lighting & entertainment services can provide you with the modern, on-trend celebration of your dreams.

Selecting a Wedding Date: Pros + Cons of Each Season

Welcome to your wedding planning journey! The first box you need to check off is to choose your ideal wedding date. With that, you’ll be free to book your venue, photographer, and other important vendors and create a plan to ensure everything falls in the right place at the right time. Plus, the season of your wedding will influence your theme and color palette! Not to mention, this important date will stick with you for the rest of your life (hello, anniversary!).

Needless to say, your wedding date determines everything from the food you serve to the type of lighting design you use. Yet, every season offers its own set of pros and cons, so it’s important to put some thought behind your choice. 

With all the beauty and uniqueness each season offers, let’s weigh out your options.  

SPRING: March, April, and May

Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party!” — we couldn’t agree more! Flowers are blossoming, birds are singing, and it feels like everything is waking up from hibernation.

Spring is a wonderful season to get married and, naturally, one that is highly coveted. After all, nothing beats the natural beauty spring offers! From fragrant cherry blossoms to delicate peonies, the soft colors of spring will make your wedding feel like the enchanted love story fairytales are made of. Picture being surrounded by pastel colors mixed with earth tones and all the florals you can imagine. #LOVE!

Logistics-wise, spring is a great time to celebrate your wedding as most people are in town. The holidays are in the rearview mirror, but summer is still to come — your wedding day will be a day your guests eagerly await! Since many people aren’t traveling, expect those RSVPs to come in left and right.

Keep in mind, though: Spring can be unpredictable when it comes to weather. In some parts of the country, it’s not unlikely to see snow in April or a sunny 80-degree day in March. Plus, you know what they say about April showers! And, of course, spring is allergy season which can present challenges for some if planning at an outdoor venue. 

SUMMER: June, July, August

Ah, summer. Longer days mean more time to party! Whether you choose to have your wedding at the beach or an outdoor garden space, there is no need to rush. The sun will hold it down for you late into the day!

The food menu tends to be more fun in the summer, too! Get creative with cheeses, fruits, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. Imagine roasting some ‘mallows at a bonfire as the perfect nightcap to your big day with your loved ones!

Into vibrant colors like coral or fuchsia? Go crazy with it! Summer weddings can accommodate any vision, and rest assured, you’ll have the flowers that you are looking for as well. That summer Pinterest wedding board can become your reality!

Now, keep in mind that most event pros book up quickly for the summer, so you will need to get the ball rolling early to ensure you have ample time to get your first choice vendors. (Also, don’t expect any wiggle room in pricing!) Summer is also the busiest season for travel — so don’t expect a 100% RSVP rate as your friends and family may already have vacations planned. Again, starting your planning journey early will help to give people enough time to plan in advance.

And let’s not forget about the heat! Consider the time of the day everything is taking place, especially if your wedding will be outdoors. The heat can be distracting and even dangerous, so be mindful of your guests’ comfort as well as your own!

FALL: September, October, November

Fall is a great time to say “I do” with a beautiful natural backdrop and favorable weather. If you are dreaming of the perfect rustic wedding, or love moody hues of deep purples, reds, and bronze, fall is for you. Want weather dependability? You guessed it; fall is perfect! 

One big autumn perk is that vendors tend to be more available! Plus, as the industry heads into the off-season in most areas, rates may start to lower. Sticking to your budget is vital, and a fall wedding could potentially add a bit more spare change to your pocket. Maybe you can book a videographer after all!

Like all good things, fall presents a few challenges of its own. For one, it’s possible that your guests are tight on funds after a summer of vacations and the holiday season just around the corner. It’s possible your headcount isn’t as long as you hope.

Plus, consider that you will lose extra daylight as it gets later in the season. Though an evening fall can be cozy, you might have to adjust your photo schedule and accept that certain pictures may not be feasible. But, hey, you get pictures with all of that gorgeous foliage, so that’s a win in our book!

WINTER: December, January, February

Dreaming of a white Christmas doesn’t come close to the magical feeling of a beautiful winter wonderland wedding. The rich dark reds, blues, and silvers will make your wedding gleam with elegance!

Not to mention, a Winter wedding with fresh snow makes for lovely pictures. No snow? No problem! A photo by the fireplace wrapped in a blanket with your beloved captures the intimacy and eloquence of your big day. A winter wedding is all about getting creative and leaning into the seasonal beauty!

Another winter wedding perk? The dessert bar! Bring on the mulled cider and hot cocoa bar; lay out all the comfort snacks and drinks. Turn the cozy comfort level up to the max!

Keep in mind, though, winter weddings don’t come without the risk of a weather postponement. A sprinkle of snow is usually welcomed, but nobody wants to see feet of snow on their wedding day! 

Another challenge to consider: You might have to compete with the holidays. Your guests might be using their time off to visit relatives, or their budget might be tight. Plan accordingly and give your guests grace if they choose to decline your big day.

The big takeaway here is that, no matter the season you choose, you can have the perfect wedding day of your dreams! Each season offers a unique vibe, but they also come with their own challenges. Be sure to weigh them out before making your final decision. Once you choose, lean into your season and have fun with all the possibilities! 

What Has Glen Riggs of Fantasy Sound Been Doing in Quarantine?

This is a part of our Creative Partner Spotlight: Quarantine Edition series, where we show you what our creative partners from all around the Bay Area have been up to during quarantine. Today, we’re checking in with our very own Glen Riggs! 

Glen has been with us at Fantasy Sound since 2017 and has quickly become one of our most popular DJs. His generous spirit, energetic attitude, and infectious smile make him a natural entertainer and an absolute joy to work with. He is currently self-quarantining here in Livermore with his husband Keith and their son Bryan. Let’s see what he’s been up to!

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? Haven’t put many miles on my cars at all!

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? I’m a hugger, so I’ve really been missing that physical connection 🙁

How have you been spending your time? Working my day job and playing the role of Crisis Homeschool Teacher.

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? Best Donuts!!!

What have you been binge watching? So cliche…Tiger King

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it?Yes! My friends and family celebrated me with a drive by, tagging my yard, food and socially distance love!

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? None at all and that is ok!!!

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? A giant Wedding party!!!

Thanks for sharing your quarantine activities with us, Glen!

Photo of the Week

Did you know that our Statue LOVE Letters also come in white?! We were so excited to unveil them at Romance in the Vineyards and we hope you love them as much as we do!

Photo of the Week

We absolutely LOVE this photo from Mia and Jovo’s May wedding at Casa Real! Their wedding party performed a traditional dance for them and you can just tell that everyone is having an absolute blast. Thanks so much to Rhee Bevere for capturing the whole day, but especially this magical moment!

Photo of the Week

We just received the official photos from last year’s Casa Amore and we could not wait to share them with you! We thought we’d start off with this shot captured by Rhee Bevere Photography, featuring our Statue LOVE Letters, Drapery, Wooden Arbor, and Geometric Chandeliers! They all pair beautifully with the stunning lounge from Pleasanton Rentals and the Delford West florals and greenery really tie everything together. This was one of our favorite vignettes from Casa Amore and we hope you loved it too!

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You can’t go wrong with a fun Photo Booth shot! Looks like these ladies were having a ton of fun at one of our recent weddings!

Shaun and Rachel Get Married in a Beautiful Celebration!

It’s always a good when we get to highlight one of our happy couples! Today, we remember Shaun and Rachel’s sweet and romantic celebration. Enjoy some sneak peek photos below!

Congratulations again to Shaun and Rachel! We wish you all the happiness in the world.

Thanks to Jeff Hall Photography for providing these beautiful images.

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Photo of the Week

Did you know Geometric Chandeliers are now gold?! We are absolutely obsessed with their transformation and they certainly pop amidst all the greenery.

Photo of the Week

We absolutely adore this photo of Alice and Joe that was captured by Junshien Photography! We had a ton of fun working with them to discover a way to bring the starry night sky indoors!

Meet Krista Strader

This is a part of our Creative Collaboration series, where we introduce you to our creative partners from all around the Bay Area. Today, we’re introducing you to Krista Strader from Harpist Krista Strader

Krista is a classically trained professional harpist with over 20 years of experience. She specializes in harp music for weddings and upscale events throughout the Bay Area. Her repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary.

We asked Krista to tell us about what inspired her to pursue a career in weddings and how she got started in the industry.

I first started doing weddings in Southern California when I graduated from college with my music degree in harp performance. I had a few years of experience performing for weddings and special events by the time Disney FairyTale Weddings reached out to me. They asked if I’d like to be the main harpist for their wedding department and special events throughout the parks and resorts. I learned a lot about weddings and customer service when I worked with Disney and loved every minute of it. Now a Bay Area resident, I enjoy working with couples to customize their music to fit the vibe they are looking for. I’ve had clients that request everything from Zelda Video themes to Game of Thrones to popular hits/Top 40 that are currently trending. I’m always happy to play the classical standards as well.

Krista also shared what her favorite part about being in weddings is.

I love being directly involved with my couples regarding the music selections, to see how thrilled they are when they hear their favorite songs on the harp. I often have brides (and mothers-of-the-brides!) reaching for the tissues as they imagine themselves walking down the aisle to the harp music as I play them samples.

Krista is also sharing the one piece of advice she likes to give couples planning their wedding.

Plan ahead as much as possible, but don’t get hung up on the details or any last minute emergencies the day of the wedding, let your coordinator and vendors do the work now.. just let go and enjoy it!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Photo of the Week

We absolutely ADORE this photo of Erin and Scott during their first dance! They had such a fun decor set up for their sweetheart table that helped serve as a wonderful backdrop for this dance. Thank you to Jessica Miriam Photo for this image!

Photo of the Week

We absolutely love this shot of our new Geometric Chandeliers from Romance in the Vineyards at the Palm Event Center! They are such a unique addition to our inventory and we can’t get enough!

Press: Special Events and Catersource

Kevin was thrilled to see his latest guest articles on both Special Events and Catersource recently! He covered two of his favorite topics- top tech apps and event lighting with spotlights. Check out both articles below.

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See the full feature here.

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See the full feature here.

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Happy Thanksgiving from Fantasy Sound!

We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving weekend! Enjoy the delicious food, warm drinks and Fall weather.

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Press: Timeline Genius

With the end of 2016 just around the corner, we are taking a look at what trends were popular over the last year and what we are excited to see in 2017. Kevin had the chance to share some of those trends on Timeline Genius recently- check it out here!

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Wedding Planning Apps for Couples

With weddings becoming more and more involved these days, staying organized and on budget can be difficult for many couples. You have to keep track of a million moving parts while also trying to enjoy the process, so it can get overwhelming! The good news is that we live in a world where technology can guide us through the planning process with the endless websites and planning apps that help couples remain on track, on budget and sane. We’ve got a list of some of our favorites that we think couples should keep in their back pocket!

Honeyfund

Honeyfund is a free crowdsourcing honeymoon registry that has become a favorite because there are no transaction fees for anyone. Couples are able to create a personalized site with categorized gift amount options for guests to choose from. They’ve even expanded to be more than just a honeymoon registry, where couples can now ask for any big ticket items, like contributing to a house down payment or a “just starting off” fund.

WedReality

WedReality allows users to virtually try on more than 300 dress combinations to figure out what is the right style for them. Strapless, long sleeves, cap sleeves, one-shoulder, short, and long—they’re all included in this virtual dressing room.

The Black Tux

The Black Tux offers an easy way to rent your tuxedo. You can style your own tux and include the accessories you want, then enter your measurements online. Your tux comes in the mail, you wear it and then return it! Share with your groomsmen, so they can all get matching suits or tuxedos and pay online.

TripIt

This is a great, free tool for anyone who needs to keep flights, rental cars and hotel reservations organized – it allows you to input all of your information and subsequently keeps everything in one place. It can also be set to automatically grab travel confirmations from your email to store in the app.

We hope these apps will significantly reduce your wedding planning stress. Be sure to let your vendors know which apps you’re using, they may be able to help you maximize its use!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Instagram Roundup!

It’s time for another Instagram roundup and we’re thrilled to share some of our favorite shots with you!

Kim and Adrian – These lovebirds were so great to work with! Congrats, you two!

We captured this gem during Kim and Adrian's sunset photo session! Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs.!!! #palmeventcenter #bocala2016

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Yasmine and Raymond – We loved this bold shade of blue that they chose for their glam chandelier!

#onelastshot #cogniatcorrigan @paperplanemedia @dui_nguyen #thepalmeventcenter

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Carlos and Margaret – One of the most exciting walks in life… we love this!

Congratulations Carlos and Margaret!!! #losnmarge @cnavv510

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Kimmy and Keith – Talk about a fabulous tablescape!

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Jamie and Joe – We are forever in awe at this glamorous bunch!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Press: Special Events

We were so happy to see our latest guest article The Latest Trends in Drapery and Chandeliers on Special Events! We love sharing tips, tricks, and trends that we see from all of our awesome couples wth other event pros. See the full feature here.

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

This Just In: Kevin Dennis Takes the Reins at WeddingIQ

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We are so thrilled to announce that Kevin has officially taken over the reins of the successful industry blog, WeddingIQ! With a focus on education, Kevin will continue the stellar work this blog has created, and serve as an informational hub for all wedding professionals!

Stay tuned for guest articles, contributions, and industry news!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

November Events

We’re excited for our next round of prospective couples that we hope to meet at this month’s DJ meet-and-greet! If you’re looking for a skilled, experienced DJ for your Big Day, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Stop by our meet-and-greet on November 19 from 10am through 12pm.

Interested in joining? Be sure to RSVP here – these spots fill up quick, so be sure to secure your place while you can!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Today is a day for costumes, candy and a good scare. Go enjoy!

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Real Wedding: Christeen and Brian

Today we are remembering Christeen and Brian’s lovely wedding at Elliston Vineyard. Their big day featured a gorgeous outdoor ceremony followed by a romantically lit indoor reception. Check out some of our favorite moments below!

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Congratulations again to Christeen and Brian!

Photography by: Eli Photography

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

 

Wedding MBA Recap!

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What a whirlwind the month of October has been! We have been traveling from coast to coast speaking and meeting new and interesting people.

At the beginning of the month, we headed out to Las Vegas for the annual Wedding MBA conference- one of our favorites! Every moment was jam packed with education- from upcoming trends to customer experience, there was something for everyone. We most enjoyed Sonny Ganguly’s session on Technology (of course!).

The highlight of our trip was absolutely the 2nd Annual WIPA Awards, where we took home the prize for Lighting Designer of Excellence! What an exciting honor it was, and made even more special being surrounded by so many of our peers.

We can’t forget to give a shoutout to WeddingWire for putting on an amazing party Tuesday night, and our friends at the Tri-Valley Wedding Pros for such a fun dinner!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Real Wedding: Michael and Mary

We are so excited to share Michael and Mary’s beautiful Palm Event Center wedding! Their day was full of fun personal details, beautiful weather and a dance party their guests won’t soon forget.

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Photography by: Hazy Lane Studios

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.